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paid egypt an amendment is reportedly being drawn up to restrict president morsi as power grabbing decree it is the first sign he might be giving in to opposition pressure that's after hundreds of thousands rally near the presidential palace on friday. tried and tested the u.s. and britain claim damascus is preparing chemical weapons for an attack as the two appeared to make the case for intervention looks at whether the lessons from the iraq war have been learned. and the media frenzy pushing britain's royal pregnancy story into overdrive as it speculation mounts over a nurses of a suspected suicide allegedly triggered by a prank call. in
broadcasting live from our studios in central moscow this is r.t. but have you with us egypt's president could be about to yield a top position demands to postpone the referendum on the controversial new constitution reports are also emerging morsi is ready to amend the decree granting him sweeping executive powers that sparked the current outpouring of public anger hundreds of thousands marched on the presidential palace on friday but as journalist bill true explains the crisis remains far from being resolved. the president may see the referendum for spying here in egypt provided the opposition forces open dialogue with the president's without preconditions which people see on the streets as meaning without the respite demands here the presidential palace doesn't say spontaneous sitting over nights in protest of this controversial decrees that president morsi released two weeks ago which they see as a power grab and of course the constitution which is going to refer in the next
week to stacey's dismissed as it was written by an islamist dominated constitutional assembly overnight scenes here with tents as the mission brotherhood's gathered in nearby mosques to the presidential palace and there were rumors that they would march on the city and how that never happened the scenes were very calm after we witnessed extraordinary scene yesterday when hundreds of thousands of protesters just outside the presidential palace in front of republican guard barricades storms the republican guards who essentially stepped aside and let the. protesters through to the gates of the presidential palace to continue their protest right in front of the gates shouting leave morsi leave and against the constitution very emotional scenes here on the streets meanwhile the opposition forces and the national salvation front have said they will not budge they have a list of key demands which includes the referendum being stopped and also because . this contentious decree being revoked they said they will not speak to the
president and until he listens to the demands of the moment the president is sticking by his guns so really we're still seeing a deadlock here in egypt egypt's army issued a statement for the first time since the start of the latest on rest it's called for dialogue and a pledge to intervene in order to avoid catastrophic consequences foreign policy analyst deal shamu believes getting the military involved would spell disaster for the country. at this point he should have known that gathering the trust and good will of the egyptian people is more important than any specific action he wants to accomplish so things are really very dangerous in egypt now and and i hope the violence will not follow these kind of confrontations in front of the presidential palace my fears are that the military may step in and clear clear the decks for themselves i don't think it's dangerous in terms of morsi using the
tremendous power to crush and kill thousands and thousands of egyptians i don't think he will go that route so my feeling is only from the military and military have a history of doing those things in egypt or elsewhere. and elsewhere in the region the public outrage hits the streets of a once stable gulf state we report from the capital of kuwait where tens of thousands demonstrated potentially writing a new chapter in the history of the arab spring find out what straw broke the camel's back later in the program. police in the u.k. are refusing to release the details about the death of a nurse who allegedly committed suicide after a prank call about the pregnant duchess of cambridge news of the nurse's death only added fuel to the fire as media speculation about the royal baby reached a fever pitch and artie's public boyko reports analysts say the frenzy had already had almost hysterical level of coverage all this taking place against a backdrop of intense media speculation and
a real media circus the whole pos week news that kate middleton is pregnant we've seen discussions about whether or not kate could be having twins if kate has twins which of the babies potential babies would be the ones succeeding to the throne if it was if they were delivered by c. section it would be the physician potentially deciding it is the successor to the british morning kate we've seen bookmakers taking bets on what this baby might be called predictions that this will already be the most popular name in britain the state is the name is announced all this you know when we've got real news taking place in syria a political crisis in egypt and. the press much more interested in kate middleton's acute morning sickness i'm joined by cost curve in the studio here with me he's a young journalist he's been following the story cost a tragic wake up call to the street here. it certainly should be. a very very
tragic case the circumstances under which are still under investigation by the police but the real issue is of course the media which blew this up out of the fortune i believe the day when the student david story broke the daily mail devoted fourteen. it's first fourteen or thirteen pages of the newspaper one of the most read newspapers in the country to the royal baby they've just had the leveson inquiry a damning report about the state of the british media and now this you know it is this criticism for the british media in the way it's following these stories while there is other news taking place and internationally well again it should be but it isn't because the media is trying to deflect attention away and is calling for the hanging of the two straight in great radio deejays the media is not questioning the amount of coverage they are devoting to your family and what consequences that this may have a new video individual's life if we had a media which was more reasonable just when it happened if the suicide is actually
proven to be related to you to what happened today you have it now the juke and duchess of cambridge have said that they're deeply saddened by the news of the tragic news of this the death of the royal not so what should have been a joy for the pregnancy announcement has been you know some say because of the disproportionate media coverage chimed in to a very tragic news story. to staying with a bird now or a london bureau is covering the backlash as the public demands more bang for its starbucks activists threatened to close the company's outlets over the miserable amount of taxes the coffee giant pays in the u.k. despite huge profits more videos and pictures from the day of action on our twitter page.
britain and the u.s. have claimed syria's president might be readying a for a chemical attack and washington says it has intelligence indicating assad could resort to chemical weapons in the fight against the rebels something that wouldn't trigger a foreign military intervention the rhetoric is increasingly looking like in the run up to the iraq war ten years ago r.t. has spoken to former u.s. state department chief of staff lawrence wilkerson who was behind the report laying out the case for the iraq intervention we asked him what he thinks is next for syria and how justifiable the fears are about its chemical arsenal. i would be highly skeptical of any intelligence rendered by the one hundred forty plus billion dollar us intelligence community as to weapons of mass destruction in the possession of another country period i'm not violating any great confidence or any great prohibition in the intelligence community to tell you that we've known for
years years that syria has chemical weapons stockpiles just as the rock had chemical weapons stockpiles for a while but the fact that president assad would be moving them around and preparing them for use against his own citizens within his own territory i frankly find prosperous i think that if we were to intervene in a substantial way that is to say we were to put troops on the ground marines soldiers and so forth and we were to do in syria what we began to do in march of two thousand and three in iraq it would be even worse than iraq i think also that it would be again a back door as a war into iran which is the as you well know the real threat that we've been putting out there for years now so i think you're looking at a combination here not just syria i think ultimately the target is iran. meanwhile the u.k. wants to push for a review of the arms embargo on syria by its european partners says it wants to
allocate more help to rebel fighters their shipments of military gear but as our trees are further explained that type of aid could end up in the wrong hands. the u.k. foreign office has confirmed this week britain is going to be thinking an amendment to the arms embargo on syria making it easier to help the opponents the syrian president bashar al assad now a foreign office official has said that the practical support is likely to include training and non-lethal equipment britta want to play a role in syria after the regime falls because. they would like to be involved. so therefore. wants to back the winning side. never provide increasingly. weapons but the trouble for. the country i did for the eventual winners. should you support. and what will be the interest of the militia you hear when they take part because the
danger is that is new. leader of the opposition because twenty. therefore if but you leave. sooner than. part. these twenty in fact fight one another at the end of the day it's going to be the syrians who are going to decide not britain france you know just now currently items such as body armor and night vision goggles a cool sub in that arms embargo and say the amendment would allow items like that to be supplied of course throughout the conflict in syria we've seen an increasingly fragmented opposition say there is a lot of concern that the supply of any weaponry kidwell end up in the wrong hands nonetheless pushing ahead this week seeking that and then going to surface reporting for us there now coming up in the program hundreds of thousands of
palestinians welcome home. the leader of the masses on his first visit to gaza after years in exile calling on his supporters to keep up the resistance against what this means for the region and the world. plus the russian city of sochi is gearing up to host of the next winter olympics with preparations now in full swing this and more after a short break. where you shoes do just what their name implies they get between people and drive them apart like a wage and these issues seem to always take the forefront in the media things like abortion gun rights marijuana legalization and the weather well the weather isn't really aware. people sure talk about it too much there's only so much room in the national discourse and the switch issues just eat up all of the time and attention
but the thing is that there is a little something called the tenth amendment you know the one that says that any powers that are specifically delegated the federal gov. are reserved for the states and last time i checked the constitution doesn't have a special weed clause saying that marijuana has to be an all or nothing a national proposal and that goes for abortion and most of the wedge issues also there's a simple answer all these wedge issues just left the states make up their own minds but then again without wages shoes what would the mainstream media have to distract us with but that's just my opinion.
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electoral law protesters say the voting rules were changed so they favor pro-government can't. it's one of the oldest gulf monarchies kuwait has been shaken by a series of political crisis the government crackdown on protesters and suppressed the opposition that largely went unnoticed in the western world but all of this is energizing the resistance even more there's artie's loosely counted off explains. the new dawn rises over kuwait tensions are simmering beneath the calm as those seeking political change are forced to wait another day. to one sleepy community into a powerful nation although it's been ruled by the same family for more than two centuries kuwait is widely seen as the most imma cry tick of the gulf monarchies get some young kuwaitis beg to differ there is a few countries you can see you want to see you definitely think this through to the people but. it's just for show it's not for you the government says it is doing
all it can to maintain stability supporters of the ruling family point out that it boasts a robust public life with electoral traditions and a vibrant parliament for youth actually. that's not enough the opposition consists of an unlikely alliance of youth groups hard line islamists and local tribes who are ramping up their calls for reform increasingly they've taken their message to the street where peaceful demonstrations have been met with an iron fist and we were beaten up by. the special forces. but on and after the march. on the street just being detained in front of the critics of kuwait's government claim it turns a blind eye to allegations of widespread corruption and the use of security forces to crush dissenting voices ask for the rule of law so we don't have a law we have a law that is being used whenever they government feels like using the riffs here began years before the arab spring protests but have intensified over
a series of political crises the opposition dominated parliament was dismissed earlier this year fall. owing a room with a ruling establishment the electoral law was then changed prompting many to boycott kuwait's most recent parliamentary vote the resulting divide is unlikely to be bridged anytime soon and it leaves the monarchy with an energized opposition eager to make itself heard. such as i think you know your current debate. now or what people are trying to say might prefer there are a couple systems they want more for you to write. such as one showing that oh it isn't enough to keep your. readers say in the future how that future plays out well write the next chapter of the arab spring you see catherine of kuwait and while the revolutions across the arab world received wide coverage and support in the west the same cannot be said of for the unrest on
the streets of america's allies geo political analyst eric draitser believes the leadership is getting favorable treatment from its western backers the quick monarchy is entirely dependent upon the united states and the other powers which need kuwait and other countries like it to maintain control on the oil dominance in the region are not so sure that they can control the opposition as was reported in that report the opposition is complex there are psalmist elements but there are also leftist elements and youth groups and so forth so whether or not they can actually depose the government i think remains to be seen but they do have the ability as we have seen the show of strength on the streets to make a statement and to make a statement on the world stage and that is of course incredibly important in the context of what is happening around the region bahrain saudi arabia and elsewhere the end result what we would like to see is corrupt monarchies depots and real democratic governments take their place and not just in kuwait all throughout the
gulf. in gaza hundreds of thousands of people have joined celebrations marking the twenty fifth anniversary of a mass the crowds were addressed by the leader of the islamist group. returning from exile to visit the strip for the first time michel valid it to liberate palestine inch by inch and called for arab countries to keep on defying israel rival party fatah was also invited to the event as michel stressed the importance of reconciliation a giant replica of a medium range rocket was a centerpiece of the event political analyst sharmeen told r.t. about its significance. i think the rockets are sign of two things one that all options are back on the table that the military option for powell seems to resist militarily is now a possibility again the second reason the rocket counts is i think it's a sign that deterrence has been reestablished of course it makes the israelis
nervous they don't like to be sitting there and they don't like to be told that they are the defeated party this is you know fairly unprecedented and except for of course hezbollah's defeat of israel in two thousand and six they'll be dying to prove themselves once they can't because every day that the conflict went on and of amber it may be iran and palestinian islamic jihad and hizbollah look better and. the not tarrie the u.s. u.k. and france worse because you know these are people who are time but arming the resistance in syria and pushing forward but not willing of course to arm the resistance in gaza so israel has had to sit tight or risk a lot more potentially now to take a look at some other news making headlines around the world this hour in the former italian prime minister silvio berlusconi has announced he is to run for office in next year's parliamentary elections the flamboyant seventy six year old tycoon says
he wants to. lead the debt ridden country out of the financial crisis he stepped down in disgrace last year with italy on the brink of financial disaster and has since been convicted of tax fraud. the president of the philippines has declared a state of emergency as a deadly typhoon bopha is making its way back towards the country the storm claimed the lives of more than five hundred people earlier this week with tens of thousands left homeless authorities expect more heavy rains floods and landslides in the north east of the country. around two thousand protesters have rallied outside belfast city hall in northern ireland after the local council voted to remove the u.k. flag from the building a policeman was injured and irish tricolors burned as the crowd chanted and sang sectarian songs it follows trouble when the vote was first announced last monday and again on friday when a police officers were injured at least thirteen people detained after riots politicians have appealed for the protests to stop. this weekend of the
world's best figure skaters are testing the olympic ice in russia's resort city of sochi the countdown is in full swing with just over a year left until the winter games are cheeseman in question over reports from the next olympic city. there is just over a year until the actual winter olympics get underway but still if this toss competitions give us a chance that the construction is almost over and that the city will soon transform into the world capital of the winter games now this weekend is all about pushing the new venue through their paces of course all eyes are right now at this guy's burke arena ice rink which is right behind my back it's a new twelve thousand rink which is part of a cluster of ice sports venues which has been or are still being built along the black sea coast now its brand new sparking doors have just been opened for numerous competitors from around the globe and it seems no matter how they would actually do
at the event they will sure go back home pleased with all this new facilities now an offer this weekend is all about testing the new venue is however it also provides an exciting taste of what's still to come. gorillas of paramilitaries drug lords and now seemingly international corporations but next a look at those behind columbia's four decades long civil war.
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